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Gabriela Anders – Wanting

CD Jacket of Wanting by Gabriela Anders

It was while she was singing with George Duke in a session at the 1999 Montreux jazz festival – captured on a DVD entitled Casino Lights ’99 – that Gabriela Anders first came to my attention. Her silky smooth voice, stage presence, and choice of material, made me want to hear more, so I ordered her CD Wanting through Amazon.

When the CD arrived I was pleased to find that it wasn’t the sort of album that contains only one or two strong songs, with the remainder being album fillers. All the songs and arrangements are classy, starting with the very first track Fire of Love, sung with quiet passion, and enhanced with Rick Braun’s trumpet solo.

The second song, The Girl from Ipanema, has been covered by countless musicians, so if I am to listen to yet another recording I would rather it be Gabriela Anders’ version. She doesn’t try to emulate the classic Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto version, but still manages to retain the same gentle, effortless, bossa nova-style feeling in her rendition, with an up to date backing that manages to capture the true spirit of the genre.

The title track Wanting begins with no musical introduction, drawing you right into the song from the outset where she quickly reveals that it is 'you' she is wanting.

Fantasia is the only song on the album sung in Anders’ native Spanish (she’s Argentinian) but this is no obstacle to enjoyment. The spoken words in the middle are particularly seductive, even if you don’t understand the language.

It’s a combination of clever arrangements, a good selection of songs, cool grooves and, above all, Anders’ silky voice, that go to make this album a delightful listening experience.

 

 


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